Directors Commentary -My Love Hate Relationship With My Rowing Machine

June 10, 2019

I have a love-hate relationship with my indoor rowing machine. I love it because I can stare at the monitor and precisely track my pace stroke by stroke and watch the metres tick down. And then at the end, the utter feeling of exhaustion – almost falling off the seat, but knowing I’ve just got…

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What Does The 2019 Budget Mean For Property Investment?

June 6, 2019

From a property perspective what was relevant in this years budget was the noticeable absence of anything specific for property. Certainly, Kiwibuild was not mentioned at all. Perhaps they think the job has been done to some extent: • The % of houses being sold to first home buyers is increasing – have first home…

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What Does The Process Of Buying A Property in New Zealand Actually Look Like?

June 5, 2019

The process of buying a property in New Zealand is not complicated, but it is involved. There are several steps and it’s important to know what happens and when so you can be confident and get it right. Plan &  Negotiation Phase This Phase is about getting a property ‘under contract’. Under contract means you…

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Regional Profile: Is Hawke’s Bay The Next Key Growth Area?

June 5, 2019

Recent articles on the property market have begun to turn their attention to Hawke’s Bay as a region of growing potential – and has even referred to it as ‘the new Tauranga’. It’s backed up by the stats:  Hawke’s Bay is experiencing higher-than-anticipated population growth.   “The region is experiencing some of the strongest house…

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Buying In New Zealand From Offshore

May 8, 2019

We know what it is like trying to get things done here in New Zealand while sitting on the other side of the world. Fortunately these days we have the internet and that makes business conducted remotely so much easier. The internet is particularly good for property acquisitions – it’s graphic, you can see what…

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No Capital Gains Tax

May 1, 2019

Three weeks ago, people were hesitating to make property investment decisions pending the government’s announcement on a Capital Gains Tax. I think most of us were expecting a CGT, at least on residential property – but there was nothing. Political genius, opportunism, planned? Call it what you want – Capital Gains Tax is essentially off…

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Should I Prioritise Yield Or Capital Growth?

April 18, 2019

One of the most common property portfolio flaws we see is chasing yield at the cost of capital growth. As long term investors we believe the goal should be to maximize capital growth, because capital growth is what carries us to our wealth goals. Yield is absolutely critical to the survival of the portfolio, but…

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The Current Outlook For Interest Rates

March 20, 2019

Apparently, the average interest rate, going back to Egyptian days, is below 5%, and that all the massive spikes in interest rates since 1900 have been due to massive population growth spikes. World population growth rates are slowing and are not expected to spike again, so if you believe that, you can safely forecast interest…

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Who Is Afraid Of A Capital Gains Tax

March 20, 2019

For years people have asked me, as a financial advisor and co-director of Erskine + Owen, if I thought a capital gains tax would come in at any point. I’ve always said it’s possible, but it would have zero to minimal impact on house prices, certainly in the medium to long term. And here we…

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Share In Hill Street Syndication For Sale

February 18, 2019

In June 2017, Erskine + Owen went unconditional on a 31 room lodge in the heart of Hamilton’s CBD. The Hill Street Lodge is a solid 1970’s concrete office block that was converted to student accommodation in the mid-1990s.  It is an established lodging facility that has been in operation for many years. We have…

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